From the perspective of providers and investors in the school improvement industry, NCLB I will last to at least the end of the Bush Administration, and NCLB II will be more than marginally less advantageous. Between now and the inaugural, everything NCLB is so much trivia for eduwonks.

EMOs and CMOs have a tough business as it is, but the sector’s growth lies in the nation’s worst-performing schools. This bunch may be the toughest of the tough challenges, yet there is a ready, willing and able buyer.

The nonacademic, social aspects of public education agencies’ in loco parentis function are beginning to multiply, coalesce and receive greater funding.

The ideal white paper is easier to specify than write. I recently took my hand to the task for the Center for Digital Education, MPR and Gateway on the subject of One-to-One computing.

On January 18, This Week in Education’s uberblogger Alexander Russo asked whether foundations suppressed unfavorable research on the effectiveness of their grantee's educational programs. There have been a few comments on methodology. I have some observations on the issue.

In August 2003 about 25 people gathered at a local university to share ideas about forming an Education Cluster in the Pacific Northwest to discuss issues surrounding education.

While for-profit publishers have come to dominate the content employed in teaching and learning, I would argue that nonprofits have owned technical assistance and sole practitioners define the market structure of management consulting in public education.

If schools are held accountable for their role in student performance, what about those who supply schools with the products, services and programs employed in teaching and learning?

For-profit firms in the school improvement industry should make the modest investment in the legal advice required to form an affiliated nonprofit.

In the current environment, no school improvement provider should feel confident about selling their offerings in the same format tapping into the same funding streams. It’s time to repurpose content and diversify revenues. A “sustainability premium” attaches to new sales for new purposes drawing on new funding programs.


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